2012 August: Hormel Foods Announces Retirement

AUSTIN, Minn. (August 22, 2012) — Hormel Foods Corporate (NYSE: HRL) has announced the retirement of Bill Burke, Jr., president of Burke Marketing Corp. (Nevada, Iowa).

“Bill has played an integral role in building Burke Marketing Corp. into the industry leader it is today. His passion and never-ending desire to serve our customers have been critical to our success,” said Mark A. Coffey, vice president of affiliated business units, Refrigerated Foods. “We thank Bill for his leadership of the company and wish him and his wife Sue the very best in retirement.”

Burke Marketing Corp., acquired by Hormel Foods in 2007, manufactures and markets pizza toppings and other fully-cooked meat products for the foodservice and prepared foods industry. Product lines range from traditional pizza meat toppings to meatballs, Mexican meat fillings and breakfast meats.

During his 39-year career, Burke held a variety of roles for Burke Marketing Corp., which was founded by his father, Bill Burke, Sr. His first position with the company was on the night shift sanitation crew and he also worked in other production departments including blending, cooking and packaging. After graduating from Iowa State University, he worked in sales and was challenged with growing the company’s sales and customer base. In 1986, Burke advanced to sales and general manager and in 1991 was named president. Under Burke’s leadership, Burke Marketing Corp. has grown fivefold.

About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fourth year in a row. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.